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Making the background of an image transparent in Gimp

I have some jpg images and I need for each of them to have a transparent background. I have GIMP as a graphic tool. I need to put them in a web page and I need to see just the main element and have ...
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Add transparency to an existing PNG

I'd like to use this image on a web site. What I need to do is change the background from black to transparent, so I can use the arrow on my site maintaining the page background. I used Gimp to ...
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GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer

I have a background overlay on which I have three text layers on top. Now I want to move these text layers around on the overlay, but I can't get it to work. As soon as I click inside the text layer ...
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Make image partially transparent in gimp

I want my image to have 60% transparency. How can I do this in gimp?
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GIMP “color to alpha” is not selectable

Do I have to do something "special" to get the Color -> Color to alpha menu option to work in GIMP? I am trying to convert a background color on a GIF image to transparent by converting the background ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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Is there any way I can add watermark to .jpg files (around 15000), en masse instead of one by one?

I have around 15000 .jpg files that need to be watermarked. Is there any way to process these images en masse to add the watermark?
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What's the most efficient way to “blank” old comic word balloons while retaining paper texture?

I'm taking very old (1940s and '50s) comics and trying to remove the text from some of their word balloons. I don't want to just erase their contents to pure white space, though, as the paper colour ...
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How to get standard results in colour management in Linux

I have recently calibrated and profiled my screen, with a ColorHug device. I'm using Gnome, and have the profile installed through gcm. When opening an image in GIMP and DigiKam, the results are ...
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Why does my transparent PNG not look good?

I want to convert a JPG to transparent and using GIMP I added alpha layers and transparency same way I make a GIF transparent I converted it to PNG but it doesn't display well when I load it on my ...
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Crop a big picture into several small size pictures

Is there a a way with GIMP editor to crop a big picture into several small equal sized pictures? So when all those small pictures connected in order would make a big picture.
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How to convert old scanned documents into black and white

I have some old documents that have been scanned, and I want to convert them to black and white. Content should be always black, and background white: I use Photoshop.
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Gimp - Using an image as the transparency layer of another image

I have two images (For the sake of simplicity, Image1 and Image2). I want to use Image2 as a transparency for Image1. How can I do that? Assume I've done little more with Gimp than play with some ...
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Should I (a web designer) stick with gimp, or buy Photoshop?

I am a web designer. I do not use/own any adobe products... except for watching flash videos online of course. I currently use gimp 2.6 for my graphic needs. It's free and I know how to use it. The ...
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GIMP - change color of object preserving feathering

I have an .xcf image and I like to change the color of some objects within it. The objects are mostly one solid color with the edges feathered into transparency. I.e. all pixels in the object are ...
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How to select more layers with GIMP?

For example in Adobe Photoshop I would just shift+click. How do I do that in GIMP?
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In GIMP, how to colorize using a reference color?

I have an image I wish to colorize using a picked color. What is the handiest/easiest way to do this in GIMP? I've tried my best by checking the palette for my picked color's HSV, then using it as ...
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Gimp Pasted Layer Move Tool

What I want to do is paste a picture to a new gimp file. I have the background layer and when I paste it puts it into the floating selection like expected. I found that I'm supposed to turn it into a ...
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How do you cut out the centre of an image, bringing the edges closer together?

I need to cut a large number of columns out of a PNG image. The area I want to remove is in the centre of the image; I therefore want the left and right edges to be closer together after the cut. I ...
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Photoshop curved Shadow

How to create the shadow effect as per the url/image below? Specifically, the rounded/curved shadow at the bottom:
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How to make an animated gif with a transparent background without overlap?

When I try to make a gif with two frames both of which have a transparent background in GIMP, what happens is that the first frame looks OK, then the second frame appears on top of it, such that you ...
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How to create a one pixel pencil brush in Gimp?

I have googled this and found a number of answers and videos which all say that this can be done by setting the brush size slider in the brushes panel or brush editor panel. I'm either clicking on ...
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color “gradient”?

Caveat: I'm not a graphic designer and may be misusing some terminology. Please bear with me. :-) I'm attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I ...
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How do you set the default text size in Gimp 2.8 for Mac OSX Mountain Lion?

I am using Gimp 2.8 for Mac OS X, and I would like to change the default text size from 18 pt to 36 pt, so that I don't have to highlight the text and manually change every time I create a new text ...
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Can you draw a constrained straight line with GIMP's paths tool?

In GIMP, you can (in various modes) draw a constrained straight line which will "snap" the line you're drawing to the nearest 15 degree angle, making it easy to draw lines in a precise direction. For ...
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How do I directly set layer positions in Gimp?

I'd like to directly set (i.e. type in actual coordinates of) the position of my layer in the image, like you can with the selection box: (Not the size, but that would also be cool) Is this ...
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Cleaning up line art with choppy edges

So, a while back I created this icon from a game, but looking back on it behind a white background instead of an alpha-channel its edges are super choppy in some places while it's smooth in others, ...
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In GIMP, how do I use an image as a color reference to colorize a black-and-white photo?

Let's say I have created a layer on a black-and-white image with a layer mask to colorize some parts (for example skin). I am able to change this with Colorize and change to any color. But how do I ...
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how to make a color transparent in GIMP

I realize there are a ton of questions like this, but they are all way overcomplicated for what I am trying to do. What I want to do is very simple. I want the background of my image completely ...
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GIMP: How to move a selection in a layer?

I'm having a weird behavior when trying to move a selected rectangle or polygon in a layer. I do the next: 1. Select layer. I want to move the shine that belongs to the brillos y manchas layer: ...
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How do I insert arrows into a picture in GIMP?

I'd like to insert perfect arrows (the sort you can make using Inkscape: straight, symmetric tips, of customizable width and length, etc.) into images in GIMP. At the moment the closest thing to this ...
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In GIMP, how do I get the smudge/blur tools to work properly?

I use the smudge tool very often in GIMP while painting. Unfortunately, the algorithm tends to generate a much darker version of what the smudged color ought to look like. For instance, a normal ...
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How do I deal with color spill in chroma key using GIMP?

I'm experimenting with "green screen" techniques to remove the background around a test subject. The test shots were taken in front of a bright green background in moderate to bright lighting ...
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How to add a color gradient to a picture

I felt in love with the way this graphic designer, called Mariusz, has edited this picture. It would be fun to produce something like this for myself. Anyone has some ideas on how to create such a ...
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Replace black background with a transparent background

How can I add transparent background on this image instead of black background, but I also would like to keep the partial transparency effect on some of the particles and particles borders. Could ...
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How can I make a screenshot look like a photograph taken of a real surface? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get this blur texture effect in photoshop? I'm starting from a plain old screenshot, and I'd like it rotated in 3d, with more distant parts more blurry. Is there ...
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How to create a saturation map?

Is there an easy way to create a "saturation-map" in Photoshop/Gimp? I need a grey-scale version of an image showing where the colors have less saturation (black) and where they have more saturation ...
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How do I fix this photo (poor quality, saturation, color) in GIMP?

I have a photo with poor quality and lighting that needs to go in a print newsletter. There is some lighting issues, and a blue-ish color in part of the image. I'd like to fix the image using GIMP. ...
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Is there a way to select multiple sprites from a sprite sheet in GIMP? [duplicate]

After you've made the background transparent, color selected the background and inverted the selection to outline all the character sprites: Is there a shortcut or some quicker method/program/tool to ...
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GIMP: 'move layer' stops working

I'm having intermittent problems with GIMP, where the 'move layer' command suddenly stops working. The mouse pointer changes to the one below: When I make an explicit selection, e.g. CTRL-A on a ...
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Where are my pixels?

I have a big image 5100px x 7000px. I have made the background transparent, and I am satisfied with the result: the parts of the image which I wanted to keep are there, and the white background is ...
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Overlay a graphic on a photo or image

How would I overlay a graphic (a logo in this case) on a t-shirt and make it look like it's really there, not just superimposed (wrinkles, lines, etc?) I don't have photoshop or any adobe software, ...
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Gimp: Pick color on screen without taking screenshot

Sometimes I want to quickly use a color that I see on a picture, website or program. I usually take a screenshot then open it in Gimp and use the "Color Picker" tool. Is there another way to do this ...
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Convert image into mask

I have a green background picture with some shadows. I would like to use it as a mask so I can place it on background with any color (e.g. red or pink) and get the same style of shadows. I tried ...
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Using GIMP, can you “erase” a color?

I'm presently working on an iOS application and I am attempting to reverse engineer their standard alert dialog window. I have managed to figure out what the alpha value on the background it uses is ...
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GIF with transparency output not as expected in GIMP

I have been trying to create a GIF using a sequence of PNGs within GIMP An example PNG from the sequence shows the correct transparency I want to be shown in the GIF, But when I process the PNG ...
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Annoying GIMP issue (fill bucket with a circle-slash icon on the cursor)

I am trying to bucket fill a layer, but I get this crazy cursor I cant get rid of. I think its because I have something selected. I tired Select All, Select None, but the cursor does not change. I ...
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How to create grid in GIMP (not sure if the filter is good)

I'm a beginner to GIMP, and I'd like to create a grid. I searched Google and all it gave me was to use the Filter > Render > Grid plugin, but for my job all I want to do is something like this: ...
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Highlight stray non-background pixels

I am editing an image in GIMP that has a few nearly-transparent (resp. very light) pixels scattered through an otherwise transparent (resp. pure white) background. Is there a command that will ...
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Speed effect on electrons - 3D

I'm preparing a cover image for a publication for a scientific journal. Instead of being scientifically rigourous, this kind of image could be more artistic and catch the reader's eye while conveying ...